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New Brunswick Battle of the Blues Final

100 Club 29th March 2011

The train journey from Nottingham to London was a welcome change from the usual motorway madness, and Tony and I found our hotel easily before pulling in a bit of sightseeing.

Finding the 100 Club wasn't difficult, and almost immediately we hooked up with friends and acquaintances as we took our seats and waited for proceedings to begin. The venue is perfect for the Blues, and the atmosphere was friendly and welcoming.

The MC for the evening was Ashwyn Smyth, and he set the mood for what turned out to be a fantastic night. The participating bands were the winners of regional heats, namely The Dan Sowerby Band from Salisbury, The River Devils from Edinburgh, Chris James from Carlisle, The Cherry Lee Mewis Band and Albany Down, both from Bedford, and 24 Pesos from London.

Each act performed superbly, and I'm so glad I wasn't judging because the task of picking a winner was nigh on impossible to do. They each showcased their talents and played 3 to 4 songs in the limited time they had available. We hadn't seen the Dan Sowerby Band or Chris James before, so their brief appearances were a new experience for me. The River Devils turned out to be several members of a band we have seen before who have since split up and reformed with a different name and sound, and we have seen Cherry, Albany Down and 24 Pesos on previous occasions. Cherry and Albany Down competed at our local regional heat at The Greyhound, Beeston, Nottingham.

The winning band was 24 Pesos and they will perform in Canada at the New Brunswick's Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in September. Well done to them and all the best for the festival.

For further information please visit the write up and photo's at http://www.earlyblues.com/Battle%20of%20the%20Blues%20Final%202011.htm

and http://www.tourismnewbrunswick.co.uk/news/2011/all-acts-now-chosen-for-the-heats-of-new-brunswick-battle-of-the-blues 

We are looking forward to another round of heats and the final in 2012 and wish all the participants the best of luck.

Sue Hickling.

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